During times of universal deceit,
telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act

George Orwell


There are over twenty different signaling railway systems in Europe. Such systems - installed on board and integrated into locomotives equipped with ground signal captors - are expensive, yet essential for traffic safety and management.

Still, the fact that there are too many different and technologies and systems, is a barrier to the development of international traffic. In fact, the locomotives must be able to read the signals from different technologies and systems whenever they cross borders. As an example, on the Thalys, the High Speed train connecting Bruxelles to Paris, there are seven different signaling technologies installed. This situation creates an increase in costs and safety hazard. Furthermore it makes life difficult for any train operator. In addition, this fragmentation is an obstacle to a full European rail integration, while there is no such barrier in the automotive industry.

In compliance with the Lisbon Treaty, on 4 July 2005 the European Commission presented its strategy for financing the deployment of ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) on the major priority routes of the trans-European network up to 2017.

As a member of the RFI’s Technical Verification Commissions (CVT) – ISARail has been involved in all Italian High Speed Rail activations based on ERTM/ETCS L2. Specifically the following lines:

  • · Rome – Naples
  • · Turin – (Novara) – Milan
  • · Milan – Bologna
  • · Bologna – Florence

In addition, it has been involved with these additional lines:


  • Stepney Green – Abbey Wood (ERTMS L2)
  • WestBourne Park – Padding Mill Lane (ERTMS L2)


  • Ingbert – Hauptstuhl (ERTMS L1/L2)


  • Newwulongquan – Newchibi (ERTMS L2)


  • Arab El Raml – Alexandria (ERTMS L1)